Established in 2000 by patients, colleagues, and friends with commitments made beginning in 1991 in honor of Vincent L. Gott

VINCENT L. GOTT is a skilled researcher and gifted surgeon and led the Division of Cardiac Surgery for many years. In 1969, with Hopkins surgeon Harvey Bender, Dr. Gott performed the first heart transplant at the hospital. During his more than 35 years with the university, he has helped to train more than 50 cardiac surgeons and influenced the lives of countless other physicians and patients.

Dr. Gott was a primary researcher in the development of the pacemaker, as well as the co-inventor of the Gott-Daggett Valve and the Gott Shunt. In conjunction with his clinical interest in Marfan Syndrome, he has conducted a record-setting 150 aortic and root replacements. Dr. Gott co-directed the Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases. He retired from active cardiac surgery in 1994; in 2008 he was appointed professor emeritus of surgery.


WILLIAM A. BAUMGARTNER, MD, is the Vincent L. Gott Professor in Cardiology and the cardiac surgeon-in-charge at Johns Hopkins Medicine.  He is also vice dean for clinical affairs and president of the Johns Hopkins Clinical Practice Association. After joining Hopkins in 1982, Dr. Baumgartner reinitiated the medical center’s heart transplant program, now recognized as one of the country’s leading centers in the surgical treatment of heart failure. His early research focused on organ preservation for transplantation and determination of methods for the noninvasive diagnosis of rejection. Most recently, he has conducted studies into neurological protection in cardiac surgery. In 2002, he received the Javits Neuroscience Research Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health. As a member of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, he has played a major role in the development of a structured curriculum for thoracic surgery residency education and has championed the introduction of innovative educational tools. In addition, he has held top posts in several other national and international professional organizations, including past president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. His bibliography includes more than 250 journal articles, book chapters and books. A graduate of Xavier University and of the University of Kentucky Medical School, Baumgartner received his surgical training at Stanford Medical School.